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Jordan, Israel Pen 3 Pacts, but Put Trade Accord Aside

At Jordan’s request, Israel and the Hashemite kingdom have put off initialing a draft trade accord.

The accord was to be signed Monday, the same day that the two countries signed three other draft agreements. The agreements call for cooperation in agriculture, energy and the environment.

Jordanian Trade Minister Ali Abu El-Ragheb said issues remained to be resolved before a final trade agreement could be signed. The draft proposes that after three years, the two countries start negotiations for a free-trade accord.

Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, Shimon Shamir, and the heads of the peace treaty follow-up committee, were at the signing ceremony of the three other agreements in Tiberias.

They called for continued cooperation between the two countries, and completion of negotiations for agreements in the areas of health, transportation and law enforcement.

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